West Ham have made a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko according to respected football journalist David Ornstein.
90 Min claimed last month that the Hammers were eyeing up a move for the 24-year-old.
And it now seems that West Ham have intensified their interest in Matviyenko.
David Moyes is in desperate need of reinforcements at the London Stadium this summer. And the £20 million that we received for Grady Diangana really should be reinvested in defensive recruitments.
David Ornstein has claimed that the Hammers have actually made a bid for Ukraine international Mykola Matviyenko, when speaking on the Athletic’s The Ornstein and Chapman podcast.
Details of the alleged bid have not been made clear.
But regardless, the 24-year-old would be an exceptional addition for the east London outfit.
The 26-capped Ukraine international made 39 appearances for Shakhtar last season (Transfermarkt).
In six Champions League appearances last term, the 6ft 1in centre-back averaged 1.2 tackles, 2.5 interceptions and 5.8 clearances per game. He also won an average of 1.8 aerial duals per game (Who Scored).
At 24, the Ukrainian ace has already won two league titles and four cups with Shakhtar. So despite his tender years, he is already an experienced winner.
Matviyenko is also incredibly versatile. He can play at right-back and left-back as well as in central defence. That will undoubtedly be appealing to West Ham boss David Moyes.
And if the Scot manages to bring the Ukrainian to the London Stadium this summer, he could end up being an excellent signing for the Hammers.